After a convoluted stream of clicks I discovered a great, forgotten article: DEEP READERS OF THE WORLD, BEWARE! Saul Bellow, writing in the February 15th 1959 edition of the New York Times warns of abstraction and the dangers of symbolism in Literature and beyond. I don’t use “must read” lightly. I hope.
I discovered the article through yet another article on the conscious and sub-conscious role and decision of symbolism by prominent literary minds of the 20th Century: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/12/12/the-symbolism-survey/ I did say convoluted of stream clicks, didn’t I?
Conclusively, I can only add, the closer you look the less you see, eh?